Monday 18 December 2017

Spanish doctors to wake teen from coma after fall

Oisin Merritt and his girlfriend Josephine O’Neill.
Oisin Merritt and his girlfriend Josephine O’Neill.

Greg Harkin

DOCTORS are to begin attempts to wake an Irish teenage soccer player from a coma after a fall on holidays.

Oisin Merritt (19), who plays with Finn Harps reserves, has been in an induced coma since falling at apartments in Santa Ponsa in Mallorca last Monday.

He is being treated for several brain injuries, a broken jaw and a punctured lung in a hospital on the island's capital Palma.

Oisin was on the Spanish island for a week's holidays with friends from the Stranorlar and Ballybofey areas of Co Donegal when the accident happened.

They had all been due to return home on Tuesday.

His parents Gary and Rose and his girlfriend Josephine O'Neill have flown out to Mallorca to be by his bedside.

"I'm from Alaska originally and he is what we would call an 'All-American Boy', great at sports and very popular," said Patricia Carr, the landlady at McKelvey's Bar.

The pub – which Oisin's mum Rose used to run – and the Twin Towns Celtic Supporters Club, of which Oisin is a member, are organising a collection this Saturday to help pay medical bills and the costs of family being with the teenager.

"Everyone is stunned and saddened by the news," said Ms Carr, "everyone is praying for Oisin's return to health and we want to support him and his family whilst he does that, however long that takes."

She added: "We're doing a bucket collection this Saturday to see what we can raise and anyone can send any donation, no matter how small, to the bar here in Ballybofey. We'd be very grateful."

Oisin was put into an induced coma on Monday night.

It's understood doctors will begin attempts to awaken him from the coma tomorrow.

The soccer player works at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey alongside his girlfriend.

"We are all praying and hoping that Oisin pulls through," said Finn Harps spokesman Aidan Campbell.

"He is such a nice young man. We are all praying for a speedy recovery."

Irish Independent

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